Originally two rooms, with an outdated narrow kitchen, this was a complete back to bare, kitchen refurbishment. To begin with the rooms were stripped of all wallpaper and flooring. The dividing wall was removed and a supporting steel put in place, opening up the previously dark space into a new light and airy room. The false ceiling was removed and a new taller ceiling put in place. With the walls freshly plastered (this was the only element contracted out to a wonderful plasterer named Jamie) to deliver perfectly smooth walls and the engineered oak flooring fitted, the room started to take shape.
My wife and I had spent many many years dreaming of being able to design our own kitchen. As you can imagine being married to a carpenter who makes and fits kitchens for a living, without having the opportunity to do it in your own home, was a tad frustrating. So the dream of designing our very own kitchen centred around a large island began. The kitchen was designed ergonomically to meet all of our family needs, for example with deep drawers for housing dishes being placed directly adjacent to the dishwasher and a tall unit for glasses next to the built in fridge. An ‘in frame’ kitchen with a painted farrow and ball finish has ensured that we have a kitchen that can easily evolve and change over time by simply painting is a new colour. The composite stone worktop instantly gives the impression of class and sophistication as well as offering a robust surface that will stand the test of time. Utilising my networks I was able to source the worktop at a really reasonable price.
Completed in just under 3 months (working in the evening and weekends, and with my wife newly pregnant with our daughter) it was tough but has completely transformed the way our family lives and interacts with each other. As the hub of our home the investment in time and energy was absolutely worth it!